Pigne D'Arolla

Normally you start at the 'Cabane de Vignettes'. From there it's an easy glacier-walk to the summit. Pay attention to the crevasses under the summit! In normal conditions you have to walk 2 to 3 hours to reach the summit. You might need crampons, especially later in the season.

Elevation (feet): 12,454
Elevation (meters): 3,796
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 45.991354
Longitude: 7.455236
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: Bern
Convenient Center: Arolla

Thanks to Olivier Leirs and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 6 trip reports for Pigne D'Arolla.

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  • Log #21869 - by Koen on Feb 01, 2010
    From the Caban de Vignettes in a heavy snowstorm with just 2 French guys on the summit. Descend to Caban de Dix. Hard to find the right way in bad weather, prepare this descend well!
  • Log #21065 - by John Whitby on Oct 17, 2007
    Climbed in one day (15 hours) from Arolla due to limited weather window. Arolla-Vignette Hut-Piges d'Arolla-Pas de Chevres route undertaken. Weather: bright sunshine, high winds on top. Vignette Hut...
  • Log #17435 - by roger gaff on Sep 01, 2004
    An enjoyable top made in good weather on a journey from Dix hut to Vignettes hut. Probably spent too much time 'basking' near the summit in fine weather. Which made for a hairy descent traverse (very...
  • Log #17436 - by Becci on Aug 06, 2004
    Fab day leave early from the Dix hut and the snow will not be too bad on the descent to the Vignettes hut. Be aware of the crevasses in the early section
  • Log #17437 - by Dee on July 01, 2004
    Amazing mountain and on a clear day the view is breathtaking. we summited via the reverse route. day 1: From the valley, follow the pas des chevres and down the ladders to cross the Cheilon Glacier...
  • Log #17439 - by Remco van Reeuwijk on Jan 16, 2003
    This was my first mountaineering experience where I had to lead the way myself. It's an easy walk up to the summit, but going downhill in the direction of the Cabane des Dix, be aware of the many...